While the biggest party of the New Year might have taken place on Tuesday night in Times Square, there was quite the exciting atmosphere Thursday night at the Ardmore High School Gymnasium.
While the biggest party of the New Year might have taken place on Tuesday night in Times Square, there was quite the exciting atmosphere Thursday night at the Ardmore High School Gymnasium. Unfortunately for the No. 8 Ardmore Tigers. their 2020 got off to a sour start as the Callisburg Wildcats from Texas stole a 76-70 victory in overtime. The loss drops Ardmore to 5-2 on the season, and snaps a two-game losing streak for the Tigers. Ardmore won’t have long to dwell on the loss as the Tigers are in the Lone Star State this afternoon at 3 p.m. taking on the Denison Yellowjackets. Both teams came out with an offensive blaze in the first quarter as they combined for 34 points. The lead was changed multiple times, but it was the Wildcats who finished the opening frame with a flurry, going on a 9-5 run to break open an 11-9 contest and lead 20-14 going to the second. Ardmore showed plenty of fight in the second quarter as the Tigers managed to get to within three points at 25-22 with 6:05 left before halftime, only for Callisburg to catch fire once again. The Wildcats ended the first half on a 13-6 run to build a 38-28 advantage going to the break. As the third quarter began though the tables were turned on the Wildcats, as it was the Tigers who opened with a 14-2 run to grab a 42-40 lead with 4:19 remaining in the quarter. Just 12 seconds later though the game was tied at 42-42, before Ardmore grabbed a three point lead. Ardmore would close out the third quarter on a 9-8 run, and take what seemed to be a solid 54-50 lead into the fourth quarter. Down the stretch, both teams traded the lead, but it was the Tigers who had a chance to win the game in regulation, but a turnover sent the game to overtime. Through the first 1:30 of the extra session, it was a back and forth contest. Callisburg’s biggest lead early in overtime was three points at 69-66, before the Tigers came back to lead 70-69 with 1:24 left in the first overtime. However, the Wildcats grabbed the lead for good at 72-70 with 57 seconds left, before London Condiff played Ardmore into a technical foul situation which led to two made free throws and a 74-70 advantage. Condiff was the main culprit for the Wildcats scoring wise also as he led all scorers with 29 points. Dion Brown led Ardmore with 19 points followed by Chadre McGee with 11 points and Dante Roberts with 10 points. Anthony Jones added eight points with DeDe Coleman scoring seven points.